While the end of summer might find you feeling a little sluggish and keen to cover up your holiday bod with winter layers, spare a thought for those who find no greater thrill than flexing their wits and fitness in a gruelling triathlon.
The Bournemouth International Triathlon each September is a highlight on the sport’s circuit for the wonderful natural facilities the participants have at their disposal. They start the event in the sea for a 750m / 1500m open water swim (sprint versus standard race) battling for position just off the town’s award winning blue flag beach through the summer-warmed English Channel.
The next leg sees competitors get in the saddle for a fast-paced bike race 20.2km / 38.6km heading out towards Ringwood on the edge of the beautiful New Forest. Then it’s time to head back to Bournemouth for a 5k / 10k run along the seafront promenade out towards Boscombe Pier and back in to Bournemouth.
The event is a real spectacle with plucky competitors battling it out on the water, on wheels and on foot to smash PBs and test their mettle over three gruelling disciplines. You’ll find first-timers testing out a campaign of fitness against international competitors looking to challenge their ranking. Effortlessly fit fifteen year olds (eligible for sprint distance) against impossibly strong seniors in an event where the only limit is your own strength and endurance.
If you’ve missed the opportunity to train for the next one (!) take a pew by the pier (ice cream optional) and marvel at the endeavours of these brave and determined competitors as they make a dash for the water, pedal at a pelt and then sprint for the line.